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Tell the Wolves I’m home

I’m reading this book, eating 4 day old French fries and Gentlemen Jack with seltzer. I’d like to share a quote from the book that rang a bell in me enough to put forth the effort to share it with you.

“Could you imagine Finn not making some kind of art?”

Like in Can you imagine Kathy not making some kind of art? 


” No, I guess not, ” I said. ” But why did he stop showing it?” 

” He said the whole circus of it bored him. So he sold a painting here and there when he needed money, but that was it.

” I don’t have to prove anything anymore.” 

from Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Creativity, where does it come from?

Are you born creative? Some research is starting to show evidence that creative people have brains that shut down the part of the brain that is suppose to keep us in line while we think up crazy creative ideas. For example, if you are sitting under a tree admiring a rabbit hopping by and an idea pops in your head to write a story about a little girl who follows a rabbit into its hole and falls into a dream world. Your brain is suppose to light up and the great judge/ naysayer in your brain is suppose to say- ” You dang fool, stop daydreaming and get back inside to scrub toilets before the boss fires you. That was a stupid idea and people would laugh at you. People would REJECT you, if you tried to write a story called Alice in Wonderland!

In a creative brain, the Judge goes dark, falls asleep, well maybe just becomes a tiny whisper. A creative person is willing to take that risk of criticizism and rejection to realize his creative dream. A creative person is a risk taker. You have to be. If you fear public humiliation and social rejection , you will be unable to create the next masterpiece. But on the other hand you will always feel incomplete and unfulfilled in your artistic life. In the end, the world suffers when an artist goes to scrub toilets instead of making their creative idea into realitity.

Drawing Cute

How cute is Ry?

Craft Tutorials- How do I make…..?

Top Online Crafting How-To Sites

Craftster Craftser is one of the most booming online crafting communities. On the site, members can upload pictures and information about their latest projects. The site’s editors curate weekly pictures of the best projects and write blog posts about seasonal crafting projects and other DIY stuff. The site is informative, fun, and supportive; it’s a way to learn and interact with an online crafting community.

Craft Craft is published by the same group that publishes Make, and you can see the similarities in their sites. Craft focuses less on technology, however, and is dedicated to more traditional craft enthusiasts. On the site you can find guides to large projects (the handmade wedding) to smaller crafts (the ruffled felt heart). The site has a blog, video tutorials, and an online community.

CrotchetMe is the online community for people who are into crocheting. You can find interesting articles, patterns, and advice on their blogs, and ask any burning questions you might have on their forum. The site has nearly 200,000 users.

Knitty is an online magazine dedicated to the knitters amongst us. Cool patterns and projects can be found amongst free giveaways and other articles. The site also features a pattern library.

A publisher of crafting magazines maintains this online craft portal. There are specific categories for quilting, jewelry making, knitting, mixed media, painting and drawing, sewing, spinning, and weaving. Each sub-area has free downloads of projects and how-to manuals.

Pricing Art

I hate this part of art. I’d love to just create and create and then let someone else worry about the pricing thing. What makes it so hard for me is that I have to guess how much time  something is going to take- how can I do this if when I’m doing art time stands still and I have no idea if 1 minute or 1 day has passed. Then I have to figure out how much per hour I want to pay myself and how much all the crap I use to make art costs. Sheesh! This is way too much to ask an artistic person to do. But like going to the dentist, I guess its something that’s gotta be done, even if it wants to make me vomit.

Here’s some pricing tips:

Pricing artwork and crafts

  • Add up the cost of all materials you used .
  • Then add up the number of hours you worked on the piece.
  • Then come to a determination of how much your time is worth (something like $10-$50/hr or some other reasonable number).
  • Then add the percentage of cost for your studio, electric, water, etc., that was used during the making of the artwork.
  • Then add 10% for good measure.

This should give you a fair price for the work.

For instance:

materials: $25.00

hours at $20.00/hour: 6=$120.00

studio related costs: $75.00

subtotal: $220.00

10% added value: $22.00

price of a 6 hour painting: $240.00

It is important that your artwork prices always go up. So start low with the intention of allowing prices to rise. Professional galleries will normally ask for 50% of the selling price (sometimes more). This will raise the price of your painting to $480.00. Do not sell for less. Once the price has been set by the gallery. Raise your prices when selling direct because your gallery will want their cut.